What is Silver?
Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and is sometimes referred to as pure silver. Sterling silver will tarnish over time but with care and regular cleaning can be restored to its good as new sparkling condition. The remaining 7.5% is usually copper but can be other metal and is used to give this precious metal strength and durability.
Generally, the higher the silver content the brighter or whiter the metal but beware of antiquing effects that can make a piece of sterling silver jewellery or decorative silverware look dark. Silver which is 99.9% silver is too soft to be practical for most day to day uses. Do not use tissue or anything other than a jewellery cleaning cloth to polish your jewellery as unseen tiny hard fibers will scratch the surface.
Diamond Jewellery and diamond shapes
Study the variety of diamond shapes online to see which one you like most. Make sure you understand the difference between karats and carats before shopping for diamonds. Cubic zirconium looks like a real diamond, but is not. A karat measures the purity of gold. 24k is the purest gold.
A carat measures fine gemstones and the weight of diamonds. Each has its own unique brilliance. Larger diamonds, such as those on diamond engagement rings, will usually carry a greater weight in carats than smaller stones, such as those found in diamond tennis bracelets. Look for diamond fine jewelry in which the diamond itself has a carat weight. Diamonds may be round brilliant, oval, tiffany, marquise, pear-shaped, heart-shaped, cushion cut , emerald cut, trilliant, radiant, or princess cut. Make sure the diamond is not cubic zirconium.
Silver is alloyed with other metal
The word silver is used to describe its color or shade of gray. Silver is very malleable and ductile metal. It symbols Ag in scientific methods. Silver is alloyed with other metal to increase its strength. Silver is the best conductor of all metals. Sterling silver is used for jewellery which is most popular silver.
It is a grayish white metal. Silver can be pulled into wire or hammered into thin sheet. It can achieve most the most brilliant polish. Silver is more reflective than gold. In its pure form, silver is a soft metal, which is easily damaged. Sterling silver is stamped with the following quality marks: Sterling silver; sterling; ster; .925. Although any metal can be added, but most popular is cooper. It can be casual and comfortable for everyday wearing.